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Doing What Works: Adolescent Literacy

Produced by WestEd for the U.S. Department of Education


Available for download only.

This free “one-stop” package contains all the materials you need to conduct six two-hour professional development sessions on improving student literacy in middle and high school.

Produced by the Doing What Works (DWW) project at WestEd, it is packed with effective classroom and intervention practices divided into six modules:

  • Module 1: Overview of DWW and Adolescent Literacy
  • Module 2: Vocabulary Instruction
  • Module 3: Comprehension Strategies
  • Module 4: Engaging Text Discussion
  • Module 5: Intensive Intervention
  • Module 6: Four Effective Adolescent Literacy Practices

You can conduct each module as a standalone workshop or presentation, or you may combine two modules to create a longer session, depending on your audience and the length of time available for the presentation. In addition, Modules 1-5 would work well as a series of professional development sessions held over two or more days at a summer institute. Module 6 is well-suited for an overview of all four practices within the framework of an individual professional development or conference session.

The six modules are appropriate for a range of audiences—professional development and technical assistance providers, principals and reading specialists, teacher leaders or coaches, and classroom teachers. Middle school and high school content area teachers also can benefit from learning about these practices and should be encouraged to participate in staff development sessions.

All of the material—including the PowerPoint presentations, sample agendas, handouts, multimedia and other documents—are contained on one PDF, giving you a “one-stop shop” to the presentation materials.

Additional DWW Professional Development Packages:


Resource Details

Product Information

Product #: IN-11-02
Copyright: 2011
Format: Multimedia
Publisher: U.S. Department of Education